This training presentation was developed by Rebecca Nickels, MSW | RPN Strategies for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) Trauma Informed Supervision training in 2018. It is shared with permission of the author, Rebecca Nickels, MSW.
This annotated bibliography is for advocates, policy makers and allies to help inform their work of meeting the needs of sexual assault survivors. This document provides the best available research to explore sexual assault program services and the challenges with meeting sexual assault survivors... more
As coalitions participate in dialogues about Sexual Assault Kits (SAK), it is important for us to consider multiple facets of the issue. Addressing needs related to SAK evidence requires us to think deeply about how to best address protection of victim rights and confidentiality, offender... more
When it comes to thinking about our finances, all too often we think about a report or a bottom line. We understand them as a necessary evil but it is not how we tend to view our organization and the work we do. How can we take a financial report and begin to bring some clarity around it and think... more
Understanding, preventing, and relieving vicarious trauma is both an individual and organizational challenge, for coalitions as well as the member programs we serve. Working with trauma survivors, directly or indirectly, exposes us to the reality of violence in ways that other services, including... more
Our movement was undeniably founded on the strength and courage of survivors. As we have moved towards professionalization in recent decades, and considering our hiring practices, have we truly made a space for survivors to join us as staff and volunteers? Rural rape crisis centers, with the... more
Congratulations and welcome to your new position as the executive director of a sexual assault coalition! We commend you for your dedication and enthusiasm as you join the ranks of women and men who have dedicated their lives to ending sexual violence and all forms of violence and oppression.
Regardless of structure, all coalitions share common values that highlight the importance of
providing a statewide voice on behalf of victims,
supporting the work of local member programs,
holding societal systems accountable for their responses to victims,
and working on the prevention of... more